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The Profile of the University of Hildesheim
The University of Hildesheim has four main faculties:
Faculty 1 Educational and Social Studies
Faculty 2 Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication
Faculty 3 Information and Communication Studies
Faculty 4 Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Economics and Informatics
These four faculties make up the unmistakable profile of the University of Hildesheim among the German universities. Hildesheim with its about 7,000 students is one of the smallest of the total of eight universities in Lower Saxony. In contrast to the large ones, the University of Hildesheim allows students to complete a qualified degree program in an environment on a human scale. It is flexible with regard to the demands made on up-to-date university training and has made a name for itself by introducing new degree programmes such as Scenic Arts, International Communication and Translating as well as Information Management and Information Technology.
The University of Hildesheim is young, dynamic and innovative. It allows students to acquire key qualifications and attend courses from neighbouring disciplines.
An overview of the undergraduate courses at Hildesheim University can be found here
The Academic Year
Each academic year consists of two semesters, a winter semester and a summer semester.
The lecture period, i.e. the time in which seminars and lectures etc. are held, is rather shorter: in the winter semester, the lecture period usually begins and mid-October and ends in mid-February.
There is a Christmas break of about two weeks at the end of December and the beginning of January.
The lecture period in the summer semester usually begins in mid-April and ends in mid-July. In the week after Whitsun, thereis an excursion week in which there are no lectures.
For exchange students staying in Hildesheim for two semesters (winter semester and summer semester), this means that they have no lectures between mid-February and mid-April.
|WINTER SEMESTER||1 October – 31 March|
|Lecture period in winter semester||approx. from 3rd week in October to 2nd week in February|
|Introductory week||The introductory week for new exchange students precedes the beginning of the lecture period.|
|SUMMER SEMESTER||1 April – 30 September|
|Lecture period in summer semester||approx. from 3rd week in April to 2nd week in July|
|Introductory week||The introductory week for new exchange students precedes the beginning of the lecture period.|
Hildesheim with its about 100,000 inhabitants is a charming “small city“ which you can easily find your way around in a short time. You will find it reassuring to know that cafes, the theatre, cinemas, supermarkets and of course the university are usually not far away by bike or even on foot. For those who want to go out in the evening, the town offers a rich cultural life. There is something for everyone here – the “Stadttheater“ with plays, musicals, ballets, operettas and operas, the “Kulturfabrik“ with theatrical events and cabaret, ”Vier Linden“ and the “Bischhofsmühle“ with many concerts. And then there are museums, exhibitions and much more besides…
Those who enjoy the older and more traditional art forms will not get bored in Hildesheim either, for two churches protected by UNESCO are located here: the ancient St. Michael’s Church and the cathedral, in the cloister of which you will find the 1000-year-old rosebush, the symbol of Hildesheim. A tour of these two buildings is definitely worthwhile. Other historical treasures, particularly from Egyptian culture, can be admired in the world-famous Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum.
Another of the advantages of Hildesheim is its convenient location: Hannover, the capital of Lower Saxony, is just half an hour away. Other big cities such as Braunschweig or Hamburg and even the German capital Berlin are easy to get to by train in less than two hours.
Video about Hildesheim (in German): "ffn - Der Norden von oben: Hildesheim"
Before your arrival in Hildesheim
Language requirements: Incomings should speak German at B1 or English at B2 level!
Health insurance: To study at a German university, it is absolutely necessary for you to present valid proof that you have statutory health insurance. If you are covered under EU regulations, please make sure you bring your international health insurance card with you. If you can provide proof of this kind, you have sufficient health insurance in Germany. Students from Turkey are sufficiently insured with the A/T 11 document.
If you come from a country which is not part of the EU social insurance agreement, you should take out statutory health insurance for your study visit in Germany. If you are older than 30 years, there is a special provision.
Hand in your application for one of the exchange places to the international office of your university. Your home university will nominate you and you will receive an email with the link to our online application form.
Note: An early application will increase your chances to get a furnished accommodation via the International Office!
Online Nomination (by the home university):
Winter semester or Winter + Summer semester: 15 May
Summer semester: 15 November
Online Application (by students):
Winter semester and Winter + Summer semester: 30 May
Summer semester: 30 November
After completing the online application, please send it to us with two photos of you.
Winter semester and full year students: June 15th
Summer semester: December 15th
Before applying, please consider carefully whether you really want this stay abroad and whether it is feasible in view of your study results. Each later cancellation means a lot of trouble for the International Office of the University of Hildesheim, so please notify us as quickly as possible (by phone or e-mail) if you can’t come to Hildesheim for any reason.
You will be asked on the application form for your preferences with regard to accommodation in Hildesheim. The International Office will do all it can to help all official exchange students to find a place to live which meets their requirements as far as possible. All rooms that we can arrange for you cost a maximum of € 290 per month, are furnished and are not far away from the University (at the most 20 minutes by bus).
There are 2 different options to choose from:
1. Halls of residence
These are buildings where only students live. The halls are run by organizations to which you pay your rent. Depending on the hall of residence you choose, you will be sharing a kitchen and a bathroom with between 3 and 12 other students. More information: http://www.stw-on.de/en/hildesheim/wohnen
2. Private shared flats
Like at the halls of residence, you will live with other students (usually between 2 and 5) and share a kitchen and bathroom with them. These flats are privately run and the rent is paid to the landlord. The rooms are usually offered by German students who are attending a university abroad themselves. This arrangement is known as "Zwischenmiete" or subletting.
It is usual in Germany to ask for a deposit when renting out a room or flat. This is usually equivalent to about one monthly rent and it is returned to you if you leave the room in perfect condition when you move out.
The International Office will bring you in contact with a German student who will contact you before your arrival in Hildesheim.
The student will fetch you at the main station and accompany you to your accommodation. During the next days, he/she will help you with practical stuff e.g. show you the next supermarket, the way to the university and good spots in Hildesheim for leisure time.
Here you can find any forther information on the Buddy Programme.
The Introductory Week
At the beginning of the semester, we offer our exchange students a variety of events designed to make their first days in Hildesheim easier.
The introductory week kicks off with a welcome breakfast. In the days which follow, there are various informative events in the course of which we help you to sort out the necessary red tape. These include the following:
- Health Insurance
- Paying your rent
- Registerting with the authorities
- Other events taking place during the introductory week
To become a student at the University of Hildesheim, you have to enrol. For this purpose we will send you an enrolment application which you have to fill in a sign. You are also expected to provide proof of health insurance and pay the enrolment fee.
It is best to pay this money directly into the branch of the Stadtsparkasse next to the university in cash or transfer the money from your bank account. The enrolment fee is not a tuition fee but a charge covering student services and the cost of the "Semesterticket" allowing you to use buses and trains free of charge. Make sure you get a receipt from the bank as you will have to hand it in along with the enrolment form.
Please hand in all your documents (enrolment application with your signature, a copy of your health insurance certificate and the receipt of payment of the enrolment fee) to the International Office. After a few days, you can collect your student ID card (including the "Semesterticket") from the International Office.
To study at a German university, it is absolutely necessary for you to present valid proof that you have health insurance. If you are covered under EU regulations, please make sure you bring your international health insurance card (or your E111 or E128 form) with you. If you can provide proof of this kind, you have sufficient health insurance in Germany.
If you come from a country which is not part of the EU social insurance agreement, you should have a German statutory health insurance. We are ready to help you to take out insurance at a local health insurance company such as the AOK. The monthly insurance sum is about € 80.
Paying your rent
If you are staying in one of the halls of residence, you will (usually) receive a rental agreement from us along with the information letter, which you must sign and return to us. Please do not transfer your first month’s rent from home, though! We will take care of all that once you get here.
Students in private accommodation should arrange with the person subletting the flat when and to whom you have to pay the rent and the deposit.
In Germany it is customary to pay a deposit as security for the landlord when you pay the first rent. This is usually one month‘s rent. All students staying at the halls of residence have to pay this deposit. If you leave the room in good condition when you move out, the deposit will be returned to you in full.
Registering with the authorities
You will be registered with the Hildesheim authorities during the introductory week along with the enrolment formalities.
Other events taking place during the introductory week
- Welcome breakfast
- University rally
- Guided tour of the library
- Introduction to the Computer Centre (computer access)
- Guided tour of Hildesheim
- Intensive course in German
Courses and ECTS
General information on ECTS
ECTS means European Credit Transfer System.
This system was developed by the EU Commission in order to give students a guarantee that the grades received at a partner university will be recognized by the home university and vice versa. ECTS is mostly based on so-called credits: 60 credits can be acquired in each academic year. The credits represent the work done for individual courses or a group of courses with the relevant tests, examinations, projects etc.
German System of Grades
|German System of Grades||ECTS-Grade||Description|
|4,7||FX||Not Sufficient – some more work required before the credit can be awarded|
|5,0||F||Not Sufficient – considerable further work is required|
Registration for courses and achievements/exams
You will register online in two steps for your courses and achievements/exams at the POS system of the University of Hildesheim.
After your enrollment which will take place during the Introduction Days in autumn (winter semester) or spring (summer semester) you can register online for your courses. After several weeks you will register in a second step for your achievements and exams.
Please find detailled information here.
Transcript of Records
Please register online in the POS system for the seminars and courses for which you need ECTS credits and grades. Once your teachers and lecturers have entered the grades and your Transcript of Records is complete, you can print it out. Either your departmental coordinator or the International Office can sign and stamp it. Please hand in a copy of the signed transcript at the International Office.
In case your transcript could only be completed after your departure, please send it to your departmental coordinator or the International Office via email (PDF file). We will send the signed document via e-mail or to your home address.
If you have any questions concerning ECTS credits and grades, please contact your departmental coordinator or the lecturer!
Here you can find the semester programme of the summer semester 2019 the University of Hildesheim offers for the international students.
German Language courses
To help you to make a start in the German language, intensive courses on three different levels (beginners, intermediate and advanced) are held before the semester begins.
We offer two to three hours of German courses during the semester too.
There is a fee for the intensive course whereas the normal course held during the semester is free of charge.
You can find the current offer of language courses here.
Also, the International Office gives German and foreign students assistance in getting together to help each other to learn their respective languages (tandem programme). Registration forms for this are available in the introductory week or from the International Office.
Last but not least, you can apply for the Internationale Schreibpartnerschaft (Writing tandems). They are organized by the Lese- und Schreibzentrum. In this programme, students of the course teacher education accompany the language students and help them. You may find more information and the possibility to apply here.
Since the summer semester 2001, there has been a student initiative called "Erasmus on Tour" running at the University of Hildesheim. It's part of the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and organized by Hildesheim students with the aim of offering Erasmus students various different events. The programme is very varied and covers everything from cultural programmes (trips to the theatre or opera) and tours to cities nearby and further afield (such as Cologne or Hamburg) to tours of Hildesheim pubs. The introductory week usually includes a "pub crawl" of this kind pubs and a trip to Hannover. For information on the activities of the Initiative, please also go to: http://hildesheim.esn-germany.de/